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vrijdag 24 juni 2016

Bregrets

Last Thursday, Britain voted to leave the European Union. This video was shot the next day.

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How did Mandy vote?

  2. How does she feel about her vote now?

  3. How does she explain her feelings about the outcome of the referendum?

  4. How did Mandy's sisters and parents vote?

Brexit

The British people have voted to leave the European Union. A reporter asked British travellers in a Paris train station how they felt about this.
Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • bail out someone or something: help them solve a problem or leave a difficult situation; help (a business, an organization, etc.) by giving or lending money
  • forced the resignation of Cameron - made it necessary for Cameron to resign
  • flourish - be very successful; do very well
  • go at something - make an effort to do or deal with something

First read the assignment.
Next watch this video.
Make notes to help you do the assignment.

Assignment
  1. Listing carefully to all the reactions.
  2. For each one, note if they are happy or unhappy about the result.
  3. For each response, repeat at least one explanation they give why the result is a good thing or not.

donderdag 16 juni 2016

Playing Ball

Football fans are having a ball: It’s Euros time! Are you following the European Championship?
This year, Northern Ireland qualified for their first ever European Championship.
In the video, a young boy speaks for all the Northern Irish football fans. They are “the extra man” (de twaalfde man) of the Northern Ireland national football team.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • come rain or shine - whether it rains or not; always
  • at the top of your voice - in the loudest way possible
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Complete the second line:
    "We are the North, the South, the East and the West,
    The ..........................................................................."

  2. Fill in the other 3 years the boy says:
    We are the 1958,
    the ...........,
    the ..............,
    the ...............

  3. What colours does the boy mention at the end? Explain why these colours.

Extra assignment for poetry buffs

The first line the boy says bring to mind a line from a famous English poem:

"He was my North, my South, my East and West,"
  1. Go to the internet. 
  2. Find out which famous English poem it is and who wrote it.

Summertime

Summer vacation is around the corner. What will you do? Author Dav Pilkey has a summertime tip for you.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • bored - feeling tired and grumpy because you’re not interested in anything
  • go down the drain - get wasted or lost
  • break - pause from school, work et cetera
  • bunch - a large amount, a lot
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Make notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What happens if you only play around during your summer vacation? Name two things.

  2. What kind of books should you read to train your brain?

  3. Does summer reading only help train your brain if you read a lot every day?
    Explain your answer.

  4. What book(s) will you read this summer?

donderdag 9 juni 2016

#KeepTheSecret

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. It is a stage play and it will open later this summer. This week, die-hard fans could already see the very first preview of the play.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • keep a secret - not tell a secret to others
  • plea - a serious request for something
  • cause a stir - be the reason why there is a lot of excitement among a group of people
  • sold out - having all the tickets sold completely
  • stand a chance - have a possibility of success
  • re-released - made available again
  • get lucky - have good luck; succeed because of good luck
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What secret are we suppose to keep?
  2. How many years lie between the last Harry Potter book and the story of the new Harry Potter play?
  3. How can you still get tickets for the play?
  4. When and where will the play officially open?

Read My Lips

On Thursday, 23 June there will be a referendum in the UK to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. Would it make a big difference to be in the EU or not? Actually, the European Union affects our everyday lives. For example if we buy lipstick. Matthew Price explains this in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • red tape - a series of actions or complicated tasks that seem unnecessary but that you must do to get something
  • binding - obligatory, required
  • ban - forbid things so that you may not do or use them
  • harmful - causing or capable of causing damage or injury
  • have the same level of protection - be just as safe as (e.g. other products)

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. In what year was the European cosmetics directive first written?

  2. Matthew Price says: “Now beauty of course is big business.”
    “big business” has two meanings:
    1: big large companies considered together as a powerful group
    2: an activity or product that makes a large amount of money
    Which definition is meant here? Explain your answer.
  3. What is the difference between cosmetics you buy in a shop and cosmetics you buy online?
Extra listening exercise
  1. Watch these two other videos in the The EU in 10 Objects series.
    First the one that takes a look at sausages.
    Next the one on beaches.
  2. Which one gives people in the UK good reason to leave the EU (Brexit)?
    And which one is more in favour of remaining in the EU (Bremain)?
  3. Explain your answer.

donderdag 2 juni 2016

Concert Etiquette

Adele is touring Europe. She’ll be giving concerts in Netherlands and Belgium this and next week. Previously, she performed in Verona in Italy. In the video, Erin Robinson tells what happened there.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • call somebody out - speak directly to somebody to say something about this person’s actions
  • tripod - a support or stand for a camera, telescope, etc., that has three legs
  • take something to a whole other level - make something much bigger
  • roar with applause - clap your hands and shout and yell enthusiastically
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name 2 or more reasons Adele gives the lady to convince her to stop filming.

  2. Did the audience agree with Adele? Explain your answer.

  3. Adele isn’t alone in this. Other artists have said that fans holding cameras makes them feel like they're living in a fishbowl.
    Explain the underlined expression.

  4. What advice does Erin give us at the end?

  5. What do you think about Adele calling out fans on this? Write a comment for the comment section (30 or more words).

Equality

America, is gearing up for the presidential election of 2016. One of the candidates is Donald Trump. Listen to Alexander, a 13-year-old Trump supporter, explain how society works and how it should work.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • gear up - get ready for something
  • opportunity - chance
  • outcome - result
  • live off - use something or someone as a source of the money or other things you need to live
  • butt - the part of the body you sit on
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Alexander says: “Equal opportunity. Not equal results.” Explain what this means.

  2. According to Alexander, how can you make a country succeed?

  3. Both boys say that many people just want to "sit on their butts".
    What does this expression mean?

  4. Do you agree with Alexander? Explain your answer.

donderdag 26 mei 2016

Growing up in America

In our time, people are leaving their home country for many reasons. And then their kids have to grow up in a new homeland. Watch the video to find out how this is for teenager Aaron Darab.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • competitive - having a strong desire to win or be the best at something
  • sophomore - a student in the second year of high school or college in the US
  • diverse student body - all the students at a school and they are all of different ages, races, etc.
  • diversity - situation with people who are different races or who have different cultures, etc.
  • burden - something that is really difficult to accept, do or deal with
  • embrace - to accept something readily or gladly
  • role model - someone who another person admires and tries to be like
  • it will stand him in good stead - it will be useful or helpful to him

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is Aaron’s own explanation for being competitive?

  2. For Aaron, what is the good thing of going to a school with students of all kinds of backgrounds?

  3. How does Aaron feel about his Afghan roots?

  4. Who inspired Aaron to start playing basketball?

Rapping for POTUS

This week, US President Barack Obama visited Vietnam. See what happened during his meeting with young Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • environment - the natural world all around us
  • economic progress - the process of improvement of the economic situation
  • stereotype - a general idea of a particular type of person or group of people, often unfair and untrue
  • gender - the state of being male or female
  • gender stereotypes - simplistic generalizations about the gender attributes, differences, and roles of individuals or groups
  • representations of life - paintings, sculptures, or any other artistic product that are created to look like aspects of life
  • inspire - make somebody to want to do or change something; give somebody an idea about what to do or create
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.




Note: The rapper's name is Suboi.
  1. What is Suboi's question for Obama?

  2. What did Suboi rap about?

  3. Regarding the music industry, how is the situation in Vietnam similar to the one in the US?

  4. Obama says: "Life is a combination of very practical things."
    Name at least two examples of the practical things he mentions.

  5. What is life apart from the "very practical things"?


donderdag 19 mei 2016

Mayan City

Now 15-year-old William Gadoury became interested in Mayan civilization in 2012. For his science project, he wanted to understand how the Mayans chose where to build their cities.
Watch the video to find out what happened then.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • Mayan - belonging to the Maya (a group of American Indian people living mostly in southern Mexico and Guatemala)
  • superimpose - to place or lay (something) over something else
  • groundbreaking - introducing new ideas or methods
  • pore over something - read or study something very carefully
  • a high potential - a very big chance or possibility that something will happen

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. William studied 22 constellation. What was missing in one of them?

  2. What did William look for when he pored over satellite images?

  3. What will be the next step for William?

  4. On YouTube, this video’s caption is: “Quebec teen may have found lost Mayan city.”
    Does this mean William actually found a lost city? Explain your answer.

A Walk in the Park

The other day, a Reuters reporter spotted a special New Yorker going for a walk in Central Park. Watch the video to find out more.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • interact - talk or do things with others
  • privilege - a special opportunity, a great chance (to do or have something)
  • up for anything - interested in doing all sorts of things
  • into meeting people - interested and excited to meet other people
  • people from all walks of life - all sorts of people with many different backgrounds
  • mingle - move around during a party or meeting and chat with different people
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How do strangers usually interact in New York? Repeat the 3 examples from the video.

  2. Why is it kind of cool to take Henry the tortoise for a walk in the park?

  3. When watching Henry, what should you look out for?

  4. Why is Henry kind of the perfect New Yorker? Name 2 reasons.

Extra reading assignment
1. Read this article to find out more about Henry.
2. Underline the words you do not know.
3. Use a dictionary to find out what they mean.

donderdag 12 mei 2016

Interview with Will

This year it’s been four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare. He is known all over the world for the plays and plays and sonnets he wrote. In the video, the famous playwright finally gets a chance to speak for himself.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • autograph - the signature of a famous person
  • gloves - a covering for your hands that has separate parts for each finger
  • eventually - at some later time; in the end
  • come up with something - think of something; invent something
  • retell - tell again, often in a different way
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Shakespeare says: “One thing we always had growing up were gloves.”
    Why was this so?

  2. Which Shakespearean play is The Lion King based on?

  3. When Shakespeare moved to London, what job did he do?

  4. How many plays did Shakespeare write?

  5. Name the three main categories of Shakespeare’s plays.
    Give a short definition for each category.

Extra words assignment

Shakespeare says that he came up with seventeen hundred new words.
  1. Explain what the following words and expressions he mentions mean.
    You may use a dictionary.

    - countless
    - laughable
    - buzz
    - puking
    - assassin
    - moonbeam
    - eyesore
    - wild goose chase
    - break the ice


OceanOne

Scientists at Stanford University have developed something new. Watch the video to find out more.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • merman - an imaginary sea creature that has a human's head and body and a fish's tail instead of legs; likes to hang out with mermaids (imaginary sea creatures with women's heads and bodies and a fish's tail instead of legs)
  • avoid obstacles - go around objects that block your path
  • human operators - people who control the robot
  • humanoid - human-like; looking or acting like a human
  • haptic feedback - feedback through touch
  • remotely - from a distance

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assigment.




  1. What did the underwater robot pick up on its first dive?

  2. For what purpose did the Stanford researchers design the underwater robot?

  3. Why did the designers give it human features? Name 3 or more reasons.

  4. Explain the name “Mer-Bot”.


donderdag 21 april 2016

The Bard

23 April 1616 William Shakespeare died. In the four centuries since his death, his works have been adapted to pretty much every media you can imagine. Watch the video for yet another exciting adaptation.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • exaggerated - larger or greater than normal
  • declamatory - expressing feelings or opinions in a loud and forceful way
  • orator - a person who makes speeches and is very good at making them
  • oratorical methods - methods like those of an orator
  • irresistible - impossible to resist, especially when something or someone is very attractive
  • purist - a person who has very strong ideas about what is correct or acceptable
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is Play the Knave?

  2. The game is played with exaggerated gestures.
    Regarding this, Professor Bloom says: “So I think it's really interesting that ........”
    Complete her sentence.

  3. Name the three things you choose before you can start playing the game.

  4. Which question does the game raise?

  5. Which Shakespeare quote can you hear at the end (~ 2:38)?

  6. Are you interested in playing this game?

Watch Play the Knave in action here.

Extra reading assignment
The game’s name Play the Knave comes from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
1. Find out which play.
2. Find out what "play the knave" means.